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  1. #1 Swb vs Lwb 
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    Hi hope this isn't a silly question Re Lwb Roadsters, what was the original purpose of extending the chassis was it driver comfort for lanky types or for 6 cylinder engine option and where abouts was the extra metal added, did it have any effects on the handling, Thanks
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    The extra space was in the cockpit, so for the taller person.

    I have had both and the SWB can take a person up to 5ft 8ins.

    Anything above that you will be more comfortable with a LWB.

    I have not noted any differences in handling between both.

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    Hi hope this isn't a silly question Re Lwb Roadsters, what was the original purpose of extending the chassis was it driver comfort for lanky types or for 6 cylinder engine option and where abouts was the extra metal added, did it have any effects on the handling, Thanks
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    You can usually spot the long wheelbase cars by the extension inserted between the rear of the front wing and the rear wing. So they didn’t have to make a longer front wing. See example here;
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    - Builder of chassis number 2325 (PKK 989M) in the mid 80's. Now owned by Eric & Lynne in the NE of England.
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    Later versions had a one piece wing, but you are right , my LWB had the extra 6" as a filler.

    Some LWB had a dropped floor pan.

    John Brice, who is 6ft 4" has a LWB with the lowered floor pan and he sits below the windscreen.

    These are quite rare though.

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    When I ordered my Roadster kit from Steve Himsworth at YKC I'm sure he said that the LWB version would become the 'standard' and the SWB was available as an option as it was deemed more suitable for those owners who might wish to enter trials events.
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    I was told that the LWB was designed to allow a set of Golf Clubs to be carried!!!!!!!!!! David.
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    That was the Cabrio/ Hunter not the roadster.
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    I have an outer wing with the 6" insert in my garage if anyone needs it they can have it for cost of delivery...
    Mk2 SWB Marina Roadster with a 2.0L Pinto built in 1986
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    Thank for all the replies
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    Exactly that, when I originally bought mine I tried out both at the factory and being a 6 footer the LWB was a no brainer
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